5 Things I learned from Hurricane Harvey

Hi, Everyone!  Many of you may know that we live in Houston.  It’s been crazy in this neck of the woods over the past few weeks ever since Hurricane Harvey.  We were blessed and fortunate to be in a dry spot on high ground and didn’t get any flooding during the storm at our home.  Neighborhoods only a few blocks away didn’t fare so well though and we know several people who were flooded.

Thomas spent some time with our church over the Labor day weekend helping to “mud-out” some homes.  A “mud-out” involves emptying out the home of all furniture, appliances, and damaged goods, ripping up carpeting and flooring, and removing sheetrock and walls up to just above the water line.  This is critical to do as soon as possible to help the home dry out and prevent mold.

There are no words to describe the devastation and what people are going through here.  It’s truly catastrophic.  Some homes in certain areas are just now finally getting out from under water several weeks later.  Here are a few pictures from a few homes we worked on:

The stories of how this community has come together and neighbors serving each other are just amazing.

If you are from out of town and want to donate to a group that you can trust – I highly recommend giving through my church.  All the funds designated for Harvey are doing 100% to serve and help people in this community.  http://makingmuchofjesus.org/harveyrelief

So, what are the 5 things I learned from Hurricane Harvey?

  1. Buy flood insurance even if you aren’t on a flood plain.  If you are even remotely close to a place the might flood…get it!
  2. Having a fully funded emergency fund of 3-6 months expenses would really take away a lot of the stress in a disaster such as this.  These are true emergencies and you need to have money for supplies, hotels, rental cars, deductibles, etc.  All the more incentive to get out of debt faster!
  3. Don’t ever underestimate a hurricane!  Evacuate if you are in the path.
  4. Don’t place too much value on your stuff.  In an instant, it could all be gone.
  5. It is a blessing to give and give generously of your time and money to those that are in need.  Always be willing and available to serve and love your neighbor.

So what are your Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma stories?  Did you, family or friends get impacted?  We would love to hear from you.


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